May 14, 2018 Kirsten Feigel
Ephemera 39: Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience
The story of North America is a story of immigration. With the exception of its native peoples, all Americans came to this country from somewhere else. They have arrived as trailblazers and as refugees, seeking new freedoms or economic opportunities, to unite with family or to escape looming annihilation. Sadly, those who arrived as slaves were forcefully taken from their native lands. Some have been celebrated, many welcomed, and still others, reviled and subjected to cruel and exclusionary treatment. All have carried something of their home countries that has been absorbed into their adopted home. Through ephemera, we would like to tell these stories.
Immigration is the theme of Ephemera 39, the March 15, 2019 Ephemera Society of America (ESA) Conference in Greenwich, Connecticut. Our focus will be the tangible ephemera - broadsides, posters, tickets, menus, programs, cartoons, advertisements, etc. - that tell the immigrant story. We are looking for presentations that will range in scope from early American history to the present. Each speaker will cover a topic in this field, using ephemera to illustrate their specialty.
We invite you to submit ideas for presentations. Each presentation will be 30 minutes in
length, followed by a brief Q&A. Please submit the following:
• Presentation title and a written abstract, focusing on the way ephemera tells the
story of your chosen immigration topic. Please describe the types of ephemera you will
use to illustrate your topic. Proposals should not exceed 150 words
• 5-6 representative ephemera images
• One paragraph bio including any affiliations
• Mailing address, phone number and e-mail address
Following a review of all proposals received, finalists will be asked to submit the
• 20-25 images of the type of ephemera that will be used to illustrate your talk
• A jpg photograph of yourself for publicity purposes
Proposals must be submitted by July 1, 2018 to Barbara Loe, Ephemera 39 Conference Chair, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Barbara Loe, Ephemera Society of America, Inc., P.O. Box 95, Cazenovia, NY 13035-0095.
Decisions and notification about proposals will be made by October 31. Presenters will be requested to sign a release at the time of acceptance allowing their presentation to be filmed for use by the ESA.
If selected, a draft PowerPoint presentation must be submitted by January 15, 2019. The final presentation must be submitted by February 28, 2019.
At this time, funding is unavailable from ESA to support travel or presentation costs. The Ephemera Society is eager to expand the use of ephemera in the classroom, and we encourage presentations addressing the use of ephemera in teaching and academic research. In addition to pedagogic presentations, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals for the Young Scholars Panel to be held on Thursday, March 14th. For more information, please see "Young Scholar Projects" under the "Conference" tab on our website: www.ephemerasociety.org
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